Katlyn Chookagian
Blonde Fighter

USA

Gets stopped cold in first round
FlyweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Chookagian lost to Jessica Andrade via TKO (punches to the body) at 4:55 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian was seemingly getting her timing down after a shaky start to Round 1, using her height and length to fire jabs and knees up the middle. A clinch situation at the end of the frame became her undoing, however, as she was visibly hurt by a shot to the body after the two seperated. Chookagian clearly has skills as a kickboxer and a BJJ brown belt but simply had trouble handling the pressure of the relentless Andrade. If she can string two wins together, she may get back to the top in short order, as this division lacks many true contenders for the strap. She falls to 14-4 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Will welcome Andrade to flyweight
FlyweightUFC
September 1, 2020
Chookagian will take on Jessica Andrade in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 17, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian will tower over Andrade when the two step in the cage, as she's eight inches taller with a six-inch reach advantage. That's not to discount Andrade, however, as "Bate Estaca" throws with tremendous striking volume, and also averages more than a takedown per round in the UFC. Chookagian, on the other hand, sports just a 50 percent takedown defense. Chookagian won't be getting a title shot again any time soon after getting stopped via strikes against Valentina Shevchenko in February, but she's been successful against the rest of the division, and this is a fight against a well-respected opponent that could certainly keep her name relevant.
Rebounds with dominant win
FlyweightUFC
May 30, 2020
Chookagian defeated Antonina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian was destroyed by Valentina Shevchenko in her UFC Women's Flyweight Title fight in February, but she got a measure of revenge by dominating Valentina's older sister Saturday. Buoyed by her wrestling and upper-body strength, Chookagian got Antonina to the mat moments after the bell rang in both Rounds 1 and 2 and was able to keep her there for the majority of each frame. This fight could have been over extremely quickly had Shevchenko not been able to survive a couple of deep submission attempts. Chookagian was less effective in the final frame, but the fight was long over by then. Katlyn is in a tough spot moving forward. She's an impressive 7-3 with the UFC, but all of her victories have come via decision and she is clearly not on the level of Valentina. No one will be clamoring for that rematch any time soon (or ever) so expect Chookagian to continue to fight all sorts of different opponents in the immediate future.
Finalizing details for May 30 bout
FlyweightUFC
May 21, 2020
Chookagian (13-3, 6-3 UFC) is in the final stages of negotiation for an upcoming flyweight bout May 30 versus Antonina Shevchenko (8-1, 2-1 UFC), MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian will fight the Shevchenko sisters in consecutive fights, having lost to Valentina in the Women's Flyweight Championship bout in early February via TKO in the third round. While the elder Shevchenko sister isn't quite as decorated as her younger sister, she does have a pair of victories under the UFC umbrella in three previous bouts. Chookagian holds one-inch advantages in both height and reach over Shevchenko and, while her striking numbers and defense fall short of her opponent, Chookagian certainly has a tougher track record of prior fights that skew the stats.
No-shows UFC 247 title fight
FlyweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Chookagian came up short in her quest for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship, falling to Valentina Shevchenko via TKO (punches) at 1:03 of Round 3 at UFC 247 in Houston.
ANALYSIS
That went about as well as expected. It's difficult to get on Chookagian for her performance because she shouldn't have been in there against Shevchenko in the first place. Facing one of the most dominant fighters in the sport today, Chookagian offered zero resistance. She couldn't defend Valentina's attacks and was unable to generate any offense of her own. Chookagian has zero stopping power in her hands and built her resume by taking decisions from fringe fighters. The scary thing is that she's actually one of the better competitors in the ultra-thin 125-pound UFC women's division. Chookagian has a chance to remain competitive against second-tier opposition, but she isn't a top talent.
Largest underdog on card
FlyweightUFC
February 3, 2020
Chookagian enters fight week as approximately a (-1100) betting underdog for her shot at the women's flyweight championship against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
There's little question Chookagian has earned this opportunity after winning five of her last six fights overall, but Shevchenko has yet to be truly challenged during her flyweight title reign, and will continue to be a massive favorite for the foreseeable future. Chookagian actually sports superior striking volume with a mark of 4.35 significant strikes landed per minute, though it's important to note Shevchenko's mark of 3.02 has been amassed over a significantly larger sample size against elite competition, much of which was accumulated at bantamweight. Those using Chookagian in fantasy lineups this weekend will have to hope her striking volume gets put to use, as she has yet to record a takedown in eight UFC fights. It also might be unwise to rely on any kind of finishing bonus, as all eight of Chookagian's UFC fights have ended up in the hands of the judges.